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London's households

Key points

  • The proportion of households only containing people aged 65 and over is much lower in Inner London (at 10%) and Outer London (16%) than the rest of England (22%).
  • Inner London stands out for having a high proportion of single working-age adult households at 28% and of multi-family households at 18%
  • Outer London has a higher proportion of households containing children than Inner London and the rest of England.

Types of household in London

What does this graph show?

The GLA estimates that there are 3.4 million households living in London in 2015 (with 1.4 million in Inner London and 2 million in Outer London). The graph shows how the types of households living in London differ to those in the rest of England.

The most striking thing about Inner London is the high proportion of single working-age adult households at 28% and the high proportion of multi-family households (where not all household members belong to the same family) at 18%. This is made up of those containing children (4%), those only containing full-time students (1%), and the largest group 'Other' households (13%) which includes working-age adult sharers. The proportion of multi-family households in Outer London was 13%; while smaller than Inner London it is almost double the proportion of 7% for the rest of England.

Outer London has a higher proportion of households containing children than Inner London and the rest of England. 27% were couples with children (1 percentage point higher than the rest of England and 10 percentage points higher than Inner London). 13% were lone parents (the same proportion as in Inner London). As a result Outer London also contains a large proportion of large households - a quarter of households in Outer London contain more than four people, compared with 20% in Inner London and 19% in the rest of England.

The proportion of households only containing people aged 65 and over is much lower in Inner London (at 10%) and Outer London (16%) than the rest of England (22%).

Data used

Census 2011

Indicator last updated: 20 October 2015